Follow usTwitterFacebook


15 Sep 2016 News No comments

Pregnant woman loses baby after violent attack

The woman was subject to a racial attack in Bletchley, Buckinghamshire An unborn baby has died after a pregnant woman was attacked by a man in a supermarket ca…

Read more

20 Nov 2015 News Vatican No comments

Vatican Mount Christmas Tree already: Watch Video Though it's still November but the Vatican have her Christmas Tree already, blowing the holidays spirit around to…

Read more

18 Aug 2016 News No comments

Bishop heading to Vatican will miss ‘beautiful people and culture’ of Dallas

  Bishop Kevin Farrell, head of the new office for marriage and family life, say the subjects are key for the future of society The importance of the voc…

Read more

20 May 2015 Vatican No comments

Monday Meeting of Curia Leaders was devoted to Jubilee Year plans

When Pope Francis met on May 18th, 2015 with top officials of the Roman Curia, the meeting was devoted to plans for the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Vatican Insider r…

Read more

22 Oct 2015 News Vatican No comments

Synod finds strong support for Church teaching in communion debate

Despite pastoral challenges posed by divorced-and-civilly-remarried Catholics, many synod fathers are in favor of current Church teaching and practice according…

Read more

24 Nov 2014 Q&A Comments (14)

Can a bishop prohibit receiving Communion on the tongue?

 Full Question Recently I was attending Mass in another diocese, and when I approached the extraordinary minister of the Eucharist to receive on the tongue…

Read more

31 May 2016 Vatican No comments

Pope urges Catholics and Orthodox Christians to join in prayer for Syrian children

The joint Day of Prayer for Peace, sponsored by Aid to the Church in Need, is one of several initiatives to promote peace in the troubled country Pope Francis …

Read more

16 Jun 2016 Articles No comments

Forcing Families to Attend Mass

When inquirers call into Catholic Answers, they sometimes share concerns about practices going on in their parish. Those concerns often center around the Mass a…

Read more

12 Sep 2016 News No comments

Macedonians gather at St Teresa’s birthplace to celebrate canonisation

The event came at the end of a week of festivities organised by Macedonia's parliament Hundreds of people have gathered in the main square of Macedonia’s capit…

Read more
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

At UN, Holy See delegation speaks up for indigenous peoples

The Holy See’s delegation to the United Nations reminded policymakers on Monday to listen to indigenous peoples’ concerns in efforts to protect the environment and achieve sustainable development.

“Their input in the decision-making process is vital, because the very survival of their identity and heritage could be at stake,” Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the apostolic nuncio heading the Holy See’s permanent observer mission to the United Nations, said Oct. 19.

The archbishop addressed a UN agenda item on the rights of indigenous peoples. He stressed their right to develop in a way that is as much as possible coherent and harmonious with their values.

“This can only be assured if the indigenous peoples themselves have a say in their own development,” he added.
Archbishop Auza said the Holy See backed increased efforts to promote and protect the human rights, identity, culture, and tradition of indigenous peoples. He also encouraged efforts to take into account indigenous peoples’ wisdom and experience in finding approaches that foster their wellbeing and promote their interests.

Success in achieving sustainable development, he said, requires “an authentic sense of fraternity and collective responsibility for the wellbeing of our fellow human beings and for the world in which we live.”

The archbishop said that indigenous peoples can teach others about how to care for and love “our common home.”

“They are unique in their respect for the environment and for their attention to the needs of their community. Their tradition that spans millennia is characterized by a profound respect for nature as a gift and as a good common to all,” he said.

“For them, it is not simply a matter of moral obligation but common sense to consider future generations when taking from the land or when engaging with national governments for their own development.”

Archbishop Auza characterized indigenous communities as a counterexample to practices, habits, and trends that are “often expressions of selfish consumerism and are detrimental to our environment.”

The nuncio stressed the Holy See’s commitment to indigenous peoples’ integral development. The delegation called on policymakers at all levels to respect their rights to their homelands and natural resources.
The archbishop stressed the importance of just laws that regulate the relationship between indigenous peoples and extractive industries operating in their ancestral lands. These lands in many cases have “great spiritual, cultural, and environmental significance.”

He cited several parts of Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical Laudato si’. The Pope similarly stressed the need for special care for indigenous communities and their cultural traditions.

“They are not merely one minority among others, but should be the principal dialogue partners,” the Pope said, adding, “for them, land is not a commodity but rather a gift from God and from their ancestors who rest there, a sacred space with which they need to interact if they are to maintain their identity and values.”

The Pope’s encyclical said that indigenous people care for their own land best when they remain on it. He noted pressure on these peoples to abandon their homeland because of agricultural or mining projects “undertaken without regard for the degradation of nature and culture.”



Leave a Reply

  1. most read post
  2. Most Commented
  3. Choose Categories